Steel Sculpture by Roy Mackey
"Naked Man" 8ft high sheet steel
Sculpture made from
brand new virgin steel
"mature and intelligent work" ... "I saw some good work on your website... especially the very inventive hammer variations" Ivan Karp
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I started doing these steel "paintings" back in 1995. Then I just used mild steel. Now that I can finally afford stainless steel I have been using it. These works really create a sense of reflective movement in the place.
Here is my newest series of paintings. The unknown magic of copper for your infinite reflection and contemplation.
This is one from my series of chairs. These are all made from 20 gauge sheet steel. They are hollow inside with no armature and thus are a lot lighter than they first appear.
Here are some works from my ongoing series of crosses that I started back in 1993. I may be adding a couple of more to this collection shortly.
Here is a series of door signs I have done for the entrance door to our studio. Some we have used for a month or two some maybe a year or so. I change them whenever I get the urge and inspiration for something new.
This is one from my series of modified hammers. So far I have done around forty or so. Some have not yet been photographed.
Here is a piece from my presently ongoing series of candle holders. These junk candle holders are all made from perfectly good stuff. They are a very reasonable way to score a signed, dated and documented piece of my artwork on the cheap.
Here is a collection of my smaller art and pocket sculpture. Strange magical bits only for those with vision and imagination.
Here is a fairly complete list of all the artwork that I have done over the last 100 years or so. It starts from my most recent and works back.
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Here are some rings that I started doing about 17 years ago. I have finally gotten back to doing a series of them. Only $149. each....
"Your ability to sculpt in steel is impressive and your concepts are interesting"
Nato Thompson, Curator MASS MoCA
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Now I Got Balls
Turns out this Christmas might not be that bad after all!!! Apparently Santa was digging around some dumpster up in timbuck two looking for some coal for my Christmas present.... I am guessing he had a bit of a grudge because of my Santa vs Satan post. At the same time Murray Z. was heaving out a box of old bearings. Santa obviously figured that they would be good enough... well looks like the jokes on Santa!!! I have a hell of a time finding these bloody things. Especially big ones like this not to mention a fifty pound box of them!!! A big thanks to Murray's great timing on his dumpster trip!!! Won't have to listen to my Dad telling me to get some balls for a change!!!
Downgrading My General
Here are some pointers on how to make your new General Bench grinder look a lot older.
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Here is my latest computer desk... 400 lbs of cast iron and steel. Now I just need to pick up the new iMac and it will be finished!
One of my favorite torches... the Henrob Cobra... at least for certain welds. Really cheap on fuel also. Not the only one I use out of the five I run but a beauty just the same.
I have to admit the light in this studio on certain days is incredible. Makes it hard to leave the joint
Cool Red Reclining Vintage Chair
Hey in case you are looking for a really cool chair that reclines here is your gem. Open to considering any offers you may have...
Vintage Velveeta Cheese Box
Here is a very rare Velveeta Cheese box. The reason these are so rare is because most people threw crap like this out. Just a few psycho hoarders kept them. The one advantage hoarders offer is they keep and store evidence from our past for future generations to enjoy. Stuff that maybe should have been left in the past but is always fascinating.
The two full pounds that came in this box was only $1.59. Not sure when that was but am guessing it was awhile ago. Have you ever wondered what the hell that stuff was made from. Sure like most products even these days there is some list on the back that claims to be the ingredients. But seriously I often wonder what is really in the stuff we eat.
I am aware it is not good to ask too many questions and just eat it. At least that's what my Dad used to always say before he went on about starving kids in the world. They may be starving but this stuff would likely kill them if they ate it. I am sure it takes years to build up an immunity to food like this. In fact I did read some research some where that actually said that. They said that if people living in remote areas unexposed to these food ever ate them they would literally die. Maybe it's food like this is what makes us stronger and could explain why humans are living longer. That leads back to another theory my Dad had. He always said that if it didn't kill you it would just make you stronger. Usually he said this as part of grace before dinner.
Here is a vintage Doodlebug engine my good friend Casey gave me. Apparently these are harder to find than hens teeth or honest politicians. Click on image to read more.
Check this gem out... a solid gold spoon for eating breakfast cereal with. Scored this one in a box of old junk at a garage sale. Not often you find deals like this. Pretty sure this one used by the Queen of England when she was a baby.
Mostly vintage designer junk, tools and other useless things that you might think you want. After all even modern contemporary homes need a touch of vintage history to ground and center the place. Stuff comes and goes here to check back often.
Seriously if you like free junk check out the bottom of this page. I often post perfectly good junk for free. If you want to see what other people already scored click on the quarter to your left.
Mother hopes to have sons book banned from production... "It's all lies" she was quoted as saying... "I never had any guns." "We are pretty sure now we never fed him enough when he was a kid. Either that or maybe it was that agent orange of mine he got into... might have even been the time he got into my napalm stash.... that kid always was a little weird"
Here is a collection of strange things I have come across. Worthless junk to those with no eye or average consumer mentality. Pure art and history to those with vision and finer tastes.
Here is some junk I am looking for but too cheep to buy! If you want to do a trade I may be game. What the hell if you want to get rid of your junk for some junk then check this out.
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Kicking your "Bucket List"
What is the absolute funnest thing in your "bucket list" you are ever going to do? Most don't know it but the answer is "Kicking it" Those out there who have kicked their bucket but not quite hard enough for it to fall right over already know this. When your bucket does not fall right over you end up having an "out of bucket" more commonly known as "out of body" experience. If you have not been there and done that then you will likely scoff at the idea but if you have done it then there is no scoffing or questioning it. In a sense out of bucket experiences kind of ruin the thrill and gut wrenching dread out of your life. They tend to make you less worried about going but even more motivated to stay. So far I have had three. Sure the process stings a little when you use accidents to kick at your bucket but not that bad... The hard part is realizing you did not come here to leave, you came here to learn and experience. Not all the shit other people came here to learn and experience but what YOU came here to learn and experience. So it all boils down to the fact that if you life sucks then it is time to learn and change. Get over being angry or sad and just change. Don't fight the bad as that never works. When I was three or four my Mom kept telling me to stay away from the old Pot Bellied wood stove that heated our joint. Every time I got close she would yell at me. I got so mad at that stove that the second Mom turned her head I ran over and kicked that stove right between its legs. I still have the scar on my foot from the burn that red hot stove gave me. July/10/2014
Inspiration, Talent and Bodies of Work
Personally I find that inspiration can lead to a good new piece of work. Logic, marketing and good reason though can hack scars into that inspiration. Logic is the thing that wants to capitalize on that inspiration. You know, make numbered prints, getem into costco, invest the profits etc. Personally I think I could use a little more logic at times but not always. After all I don't remember seeing the Mona Lisa "series" by old Leonardo whats his name. A series is often more of a logical or smart marketing ploy than real inspiration. To do a good piece of work one needs real inspiration... in fact it can often fill in where there is no actual skill or talent. Though to do a series or body of works one needs real talent... that is if the series is going to be in the order that the artist declares and not the inspiration. Every so often I get inspiration (when I can afford the state of mind it requires.) Talent though is the thing I have yet to find or develop. Fortunately for me I do seem to stumble into enough "inspirations" to make it appear like I have real talent. This is why most of my "bodies of work" accumulate over quite some time. I guess I could go to school or somewhere to try and learn more talent but quite frankly that would take more ambition that I can bother with. On top of that I don't want to risk that the "logic" of learning could screw up the already weak connection I have to inspiration. Now with my art selling better than it ever has that could all change. It is amazing the inspirations one can get when not worrying about food and rent! : )
Copper on Pliers
As humans we love to "fix things". Especially men even though in reality we usually screw up way more than we ever "fix" In fact that is what pliers are for. These ones here have fixed a lot of things over the years. Mostly though they usually just round off some tight nuts making them impossible to get off when you get the real tool for the job. Life sometimes does the same thing, making some things un-fixable. Like a bead of welded copper it will wrap around the situation blocking all hope of repair. Now this does not mean some situations cannot be fixed it just means that the means we hoped to use to fix it will not work. Miracles in life happen when ever we get our minds outside of, not "the" box but outside of "our" box. This may all be nice but getting outside of "my" box is harder than it seems.... at least for me anyway.
Here is a desk installation I did for a my "Mild Steel" book I put out in 1995. It was kind of a tribute to my friends, favorite people, writers and companies etc. Though it looks like a typical cluttered desk ever little detail on that desk was arranged and placed on purpose. Due to my short memory I could never remember all the details now but did make a list when I did it. Actually I think I still have it kicking around somewhere. Of course it would take a larger photo than here to be able to really focus in on some of the detail, like the blue feather on the copy of Illusions by Richard Back is actually a larger real one from my parrot Sweetie. It covers the blue feather that is printed on the cover. I spent a huge amount of hours trying to figure out who and how could I represent them in this photo. Then a huge amount more hours trying to get everything spaced just perfectly. Ken Flett of www.kenflett.com took this photo and all the others for that book. He did an incredible job. I actually still have some copies of this book kicking around. I only printed a thousand originally. These were done pre-digital on an offset printer.
Most don't realize it but patina tells a big part of the story. It is something that a lot of artists miss. Click picture for more..
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20 Cents a Gallon for Gasoline
Did you know that gas has not gone up and in fact has gone down in price since the 1940's? It is actually true. If you bought gas back then it was around twenty cents a gallon. Two silver dimes would fill that glass gallon wine jug you used for a gas can. If you were to take those same two silver dimes today and cashed them in you would be able to buy slightly more than a gallon of gas.
Most think that gold and silver prices go up but what actually happens is the value of paper money goes down. Though this would work with silver change it would not apply to paper money from back then. Thus if your grandmother won a thousand dollars back then and stashed it under bed it would not buy you anything near what it would back then. For example that thousand dollars would have bought her a new car back then not the mention all the beer you could drink when taking it out for a drive.
Today that same thousand would not even buy the insurance on a new car. So if you have money piled up in your bank account or under your pillow you may want to reconsider. At least until the powers that be come up with a new money system that is more stable and will not allow them to steal off you via inflation. Do the math, $1000 in an account collecting 2% interest a year, subtract the real rate of inflation at about ten percent equals a loss of only 8%. A far better move may be to transfer it into something that stores value better. Needless to say my recommendations are what the rich do.... gold, silver, art and antiques! What a coincidence you heard that here!
Vintage Galvanized Gas Can
Here is another vintage gem I picked up. It even has the original label. Since we live in my welding shop I prefer to have steel cans. Just feels a lot safer over plastic. On top of that this vintage stuff comes from a slower far more productive time. After all and like I have said before most of mankind's incredible inventions occurred between 1880 and 1950'ish. Sure things got a little smaller and tv's kind of morphed with electric typewrites into the internet but seriously what has really been all that earth shattering... not much. In fact some famous guy said that most new inventions these days only help us consume more junk. Hell even the microwave was invented in that time period. These days it seems that most new inventions are nothing more than neato gadgets that will out date in a few years at most.
Being surrounded in this vintage stuff when working on my art is a very refreshing break from gimicky gadgetry of today. Hopefully it has some influence on the art work that I do. I know one thing and that is the fact vintage power tools are a delicious pleasure to use.
Here is a cool gem I have had kicking around for a long time. Old antique door knob. You may not have known this but these door knobs were not made with purple glass. The glass was clear and contained a chemical that when exposed to the ultra violet rays of the sun for long enough the glass would slowly turn purple. I have actually been in very old houses where the front door handle was purple and the one on the inside that was exactly the same, but had less exposure to sunlight and uv rays, was still clear. The material that was used in the glass got too expensive for glass makers around 1914 because of WW1. Thus they stopped using it so the government had more to use for their war games. Thus glass made after that date very rarely turns purple.
End of the World
Hey does anyone know what the latest "End of the World" theory is? We don't have a tv or watch news so have been feeling pretty good lately. I miss the feelings of worry, guilt and remorse for my actions that I used to have...
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Santa vs Satan
Hey in case you haven't herd Christmas is here again. Yes good ole Christmas... the one season that we can hardly wait to come and before it is over... can hardly wait for it to go. Now as trying as it can be at times there are some solutions to make it better. Here is one below. It is a quote I came up with that explains the True Art of giving.
The gift is not a gift unless the gift,
given by the giver,
is given with the gift that it can be re-given.
If the givee then chooses to re-gift the gift,
the giver gave them,
then they are free to do so proving
that the gift the giver gave them was a real gift.
Knowing this is the only way one can truly give someone a real gift. If the thought of them giving away the gift you gave them appalls you then you have not given them anything. You have just lent it to them. There is an old Russian story about that written somewhere.
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The Magic of Marketing
You know marketing is a funny thing. To me that is what real creativity is about. I always wanted to get into marketing and maybe will if I ever make enough money selling art. One idea that has haunted me for ages was getting booze companies to give away free kids toys with every case of beer they sell. That way the parent gets to get drunk while the kid gets to play with it's new toy. It is win/win. I have always thought good marketing has to create a win win situation in order for it to be effective. Plus it forces parents to do nice things for their kids. The bigger the drunk the better it is for the kid. After all it is better to get a toy and then beaten by a drunken parent than it is to just get beaten by a drunken parent and no toy. Sure not much better but better just the same.
Thanks Dale... but
Today is also the yesterday
that I am going to regret
Mind you the Mothership did tell me...
You can regret yesterday
or worry about tomorrow...
but you can only live today
How to burn money....
Think about it… almost every "moveable" thing you buy other than gold, silver, art and antiques will be in the landfill well before you die. In fact most within two or three years. It will also depreciate to almost nothing within the first few days or years of purchase. What little worth your big screen TV has, the day after you buy it, is quickly diminished by the new "bigger thinner" screen tv the moment it comes out. Consumables are not only expensive but become worthless and tacky junk in such a short time. Have you ever wondered why you are not rich by now? How could you if every dime you spend is destined to end up in the landfill or become worthless in such a short time. This might also explain why the rich spend so much money on gold, silver, art and antiques...
Hey anyone out there know of a large warehouse space or interesting classic building for rent... around 2000 to 5000 sq ft for $1200. a month range?....: ) ok maybe a little more. Needs to have 16 ft ceilings and smooth cement floor. If so let me know. If all goes well I might be setting up production on my time machines.If nothing else will be welding more weird steel sculpture in. We have outgrown our present studio. Open to all sorts of ideas.
In order to dispel the myths going around that I don't have a clue when it comes to welding I made up this post card. Drill bits are a lot harder to weld that it would seem. You can pretty well see I got a nice bead on this one and now don't have to throw it out.
For most life is a burden
For some it is a gamble
For others it is a game
For few it is an art
Vintage Uranium Test Outfit
Hey are you tired of getting stung when buying uranium? Well this is your lucky day. A genuine handy dandy vintage uranium test kit! They don't makem like this one any more. I don't really want to let it go in case I need more uranium for my time machine. But if you wanted to make me a high ball offer I may consider it... whoops.... too late as somebody already did. Thus it is now in their collection of weird things. Like seriously what kind of weirdo would pack this thing home???
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Hey got any copper wire like this kicking around you wana trade for some art? Investment art for investment copper. I need a bunch of copper for an art project and am willing to do a trade, part trade or give you a credit on something later. I will give you more than the scrap yard will and you will get cool art for your kids to throw away when you die.
Now I am not looking for a truckload and it has to be like or similar to the wire shown here in the pics. Give or take on the wire size is fine. We can even weigh it on my honest to goodness no springs attached antique Holy Toledo weight scale. It does not have to be stripped either as long as the coating is not aluminum. it also has to be two feet or longer. Might seem kind of dumb based on my art prices but copper can add up pretty dam fast.
Blue and Gold Macaw Feathers
Three feathers from Sweetie... the top one is large. The next one is small... the bottom one is very small. The bottom one is what paints the black lines around her eyes. I told her I wanted one for a photo shoot and did not want to pull one out. The next day she had a loose one stuck to the side of her face. I guess she did not want me to pull one out. : )
TAKEN via craigslist add Here is a cool antique nickle plated wrench I am selling for $FREE! Ok crazy I know after all who the hell would pay free for this piece of junk? Well you never know. It is about five inches long and fits nicely in your pocket. The reason I say antique is because of the nickle plating and not chrome and the ancient lettering on it. Unfortunately I don't have the time to ship it so it is pick up only. If you like cool stuff this might be your score. Aug/29/2014
Antique 1917' ish Holy Toledo No Springs Attached Weigh Scale
I picked this beauty up off a local businessman who was shutting down his business. I was going to offer him less when I bought it but luckily I never. Turns out he was from Saskatchewan. Not sure if you know much about those Saskatchewan types or not but they are tough and sharp. Not only that they live forever!! This guy was over 80 and I tell you I would not want to be in the ring with him... death stare Kung Fu or not!! My Dad always told me to watch out for them since men from out there don't grow old they just grow tougher and smarter. Man this guy was obvious proof of that!!
Either way thanks to his kind and generous demeanor he gave me a hell of a deal. So along with some great filing cabinets and other junk home it came with us. This scale is a prime example of stuff made by men with pride and commitment to quality you just don't see any more. A thing of beauty that still works like new.... 80 or more years later!!!!
1947 Black and Decker 8" Bench Grinder
Here is a vintage 1947ish Black and Decker 3/4 hp bench grinder I picked up. I had been looking for one similar to this for a long time so I can finally dump one of my last cheapo imported ones. Right now I think I am running six bench grinders last count... This one was way more than I could afford at the time but common sense is not one of my biggest traits. Did I say they don't makem like this any more?... Oh I am also still looking for one more... got anything similar or maybe smaller kicking around?
Junk candle holders made from good useable stuff !!!
Though the prices on the candle holders continues to go up they are still a good deal if you like signed original art as an investment. Sure some of the earlier ones sold cheaper than they are now but hey... early birds get the deals. Just same with land values about to totally collapse here in Vancouver it may be a good time for a back up investment plan... you do have a back up plan right.... I knew a guy stateside who didn't and the bank stole his house and then arranged to wipe out his credit rating. Ever hear of the saying about carrying all your eggs in one basket.... Anyway check out this link if you want to see more of them before it's too late.
There are presently over 170 available.
give or take a few...
Most of these have a very cool feel to them when you hold them.
Something you have to feel to appreciate.
If you want to grab one feel free to phone anytime.
Good luck picking out though...
Two things to learn from this picture... first icing is not just for cakes... and wonderbars make a great breakfast when served with a hot cup of black coffee... not shown.
Remember point #1. God invented fruit to tide us over until we could invent chocolate bars!!!
Remember point #2. Stressed is desserts spelled backwards!!!
Remember point #3. Always eat your dessert first... the world could end any minute and it would go to waste!!!
Remember point #4. Cake is always an easy and fast breakfast. Often with less sugar than normal breakfast cereal!!
Remember point #5. Too much candy will kill you... but then again too much life will kill you also!!!
Remember point #6. Always keep extra icing on hand for a fast and easy dose of sugar. Taken with black coffee makes a very energizing, easy to digest breakfast.
Aaaahhhh gourmet fresh baked pumpkin pie. You just can't beat it course you gotta be able to afford it. Which is why we have a piece of "Cheep Crusty" Pumpkin pie from Safewaste. Ok not quite as good but you can make it better with a little smarts. Just get yourself a couple of tubs of "Betty's Crocka Icing". I stock up when they have the two for one "something's probably wrong with this batch" sale. Next make sure the pie is quite cold. Since most products at Safewaste are mostly oil then it has to be very cold. After that just spread on a nice thick layer of icing. The nice thing about cutting the piece first you can spread the icing on the sides also. I tell you it is cheaper than whip cream and your kids will love it. Stay tuned for my new book.... a hundred and one ways to save money by eating icing.
Herez my latest junk find. A genuine 1956 Delta Unisaw. A big thanks to Erik for helping me find the year of this beast. Luckily it has the original motor and even rarer is the cast iron motor cover and blade guard!! Runs smooth as butter. I will probably attach a band aid kit to the side if I plan to use it much. It was a little dirtier than this but I cleaned it up before taking these shots. Though these saws look sweet when smothered in fresh make-up I prefer the natural and original patina. Evidence of its history and age. At this rate I expect this thing will be wore out by around 3010. By then I am going to be doing something different anywayz.
Though I rarely talk about it I have always had a life long dream to work in the corporate world. I figured if I got into some kind of easy money career like art it would be perfect. My plan is to make enough money so that I can finally go to school, become a corporate lawyer and move to New York. I am pretty sure by the time this saw is wore out I should have enough money saved. After that it will easy street, eating bagels and cream cheese every day!!!
Food From the Brown Color Group
Here might be some information for those who are concerned about their diets. I read somewhere that it is good to eat foods from all color groups. It sounded good to me though I did not read the whole book... actually I just looked at the pictures but kinda got the point anyway. Here is a meal from the brown category. If you notice the donuts are brown, the coffee though darker is also brown, then of course the caramel sauce for the donuts is also brown. Man it was a quick energy meal to wake up to. I really think there is something to this food color thing. To make it even better I made sure it was "fat free" coffee. The donuts did not have the sugary coating, and the caramel sauce was low in fat! Delicious and apparently good for you. I know I was buzzing with energy. I might just check into this food color thing some more.
A Tale of Mystery
I have to say at times I am a magnet for the strangest things. These two pieces of junk are no exception. About 18 years ago, when I was a lot smarter, I stumbled across the front steel horse. It was the score of a lifetime and could barely believe it when I found it. I had been checking ditches for food when I saw it placed by the street next to the garbage cans. This was back in Nanaimo when I lived there. That was of course when the city would drag away whatever you tossed at them. After that they hired accountants.
Anyway I was amazed and drug the thing home as quickly as I could. I kept it ever since and in fact I still have it buried away in my vault. Actually the mothership told me to keep it so I did. Anyway awhile ago Marta and I were hitting some garage sales and we came across this one. I could not believe it. After finding the first one I have been watching for them and have not seen another. The closest I ever came was seeing one or two online after hours of searching. I only remember the plastic ones never seen them in metal before but apparently they did make them. To find two almost exactly the same was pretty cool to say the least. Especially both being in such similar shape and color. Unfortunately though I don't want to sell these. I have some plans for them down the road.
Ok this was kind of strange... Marta and I were having another great day in paradise when we decided that we needed more junk food to eat. It was decided we would take the Benz since it was closer than the truck and neither of us felt like walking too far just to get candy. Well while we were getting strapped in I happened to notice the mileage was right on the 100,000 mark!!! Wow talk about the odds of it hitting that mark right when we parked it!!! The last time we drove it was out to the airport to pick up my latest mission papers from the CIA but I never noticed the mileage then. I did know it was getting close. Kind of strange. The first thing I thought was it must be our lucky day and maybe we should send some packages off to more galleries!!! Marta then had a better idea and said lets wish for a sale at holocostco on chocolate bars. We are going to run out there tomorrow and see.
Two Vintage Pop Signs
Here are a couple of recent scores we picked up while garage sailing. Judi and Dennis had these gems nailed up on the walls of their garage and were not planning on selling them. After getting exhausted listening to my long winded tedious monologues they finally opted to just let them go so they could get me out of their hair. The best part was they even gave me a bit of a break on the price. I was a little reluctant about carrying them home in our vintage Benz for fear of chipping the paint. These signs had the perfect patina and the last thing I needed was some kind of scratch in that perfect patina caused by a seat belt buckle or similar. Any way we were careful and they survived the journey home. They are now hung on the wall and look incredible... if you like junk like this that is.
People who spin in circles for too long
start to feel as if the world is revolving around them.
Here is a really weird thing. Yes it appears to be just an antique hand saw with a cast iron handle. A simple sort of thing really but if you held on to it you would see what I mean. This thing feels absolutely incredible in your hand!!! I have never held a saw that felt so good. It is hard to believe how well it fits your hand. The strange thing is you will never find a saw in any store today that feels this good. I wonder why after all the big new word in marketing these last few years has been Ergonomic. We are in the middle of the high tech age and almost nothing comes even close to feeling as good as this one does. Whatz wrong with this picture? Hard to say but if you are by my studio sometime and want to hold this saw you can for a toonie. It will be the best two bucks you ever spent. I plan on taking this saw to Mexico next time. That way when I am lying there in the sun nursing that margarita in one hand I can have this saw in the other hand for the perfect Zen state!!!
Herez Sweetie, my blue and gold macaw... bit of a mean beast to say the least. If she can reach you then you need band aids for sure but more likely surgery. If you don't believe me you will after you see how she saws up wood like it was cake!! Of course she is real nice to me but then she has had 30 years to get used to me. She loves to travel, bite, eat peanuts, and ride Harleys... trouble is I sold my last one so shez been out of luck. She still has not forgiven me for that move. Eventually I will buy her another one. This link below will give you a couple of clues on how to keep your parrot alive longer than a lot of pet stores might want.....
Antique Brass Nabob Coffee Spoon
Here is a cool old brass Nabob coffee spoon or scoop. According to my grandmother everyone had one of these for scooping out their real coffee they had. That was back before the government started adding the mind control drugs to it which is why a lot of the coffees now have what I call a "burnt roast" taste to them. Though apparently the government has come up with a new formula so it no longer makes the coffee taste burnt or bitter. I tried the new stuff at Starbucks the other day and was really surprised at how smooth it tasted and it was a dark roast too boot. I am not normally a fan of dark roast since it has less caffeine than light roast. Anyway there used to be millions of these scoops around back then. I guess they gave them away for free after you bought a few pounds of coffee or so. I remember the old Nabob coupons back when I was a kid on the farm. Apparently a lot of these old scoops got handed down to the next generation who being a bit of a mindless sort threw them out and opted for the newer carcinogenic plastic ones so they could be trendy.
1956 Dewalt Radial Arm Saw
Here is one of my latest acquisitions. A mid fifties Dewalt radial arm saw. I was not really looking for one of these but saw this one advertised and thought I should at least look at it. At first look I was not that impressed but as I looked at it more I could see these are interesting beasts. It originally belonged to the sellers grandfather who along with him kept it in near mint condition. Probably not that easy to find something like this again I thought. So considering I had previously noticed what appeared to be my ship on the horizon I offered him the last of my food money for next month. Just as he was about to call the cops on me I asked for his counter offer. Fortunately for me he was a very generous type and countered with an easy offer. Thus thanks to some cheap-skating on my part and generosity on his a deal was made. Now that I have had a chance to take a good look at it I think it is going to be a great addition to my vintage tool collection that will actually get a lot of use. On top of that since we have no more food money I could set it up in the kitchen right on top of the stove!!! To read more about this saw click here and then scroll down:
Here is Sweetie doing here famous head swinging ring necking freak out!!
Check out this weld... not the best but I was using a new/old torch I just bought. A vintage Meco Aviator Jet. What a sweet beast to weld with and fits your hand like a glove. This shot is a zoom in with a normal pencil for reference. Pretty thin weld bead in fact well under 1/16th of an inch. I will be posting my dangerous, mackey mouse five torch welding set up shortly. Works like a dang though...
Speakin a weldin...
Any chance you got a low pressure gauge like the front one shown here? I don't really need the whole regulator just a gauge. Though it does not need to be exactly the same it must be brass and have the beveled glass face. I have this delicious set of vintage Harris regulators and need another low pressure gauge before I can use it. Unfortunately I cannot contaminate this set with a cheapo newer gauge for a couple of reasons. First it would offend the gods of good taste and secondly I need something that will work for a lot longer than a year or so. Anyway if that one you had kicking around in that drawer out in your workshop is still there let me know. Maybe we can do business.
Your Dad's Workshop
One man's junk is another mans junk... I mean gold. I just want to note here that I am always interested in old junk and power tools. I would love to look around your... or your Dad's old workshop. Even if you don't want to sell anything or you think it is all junk anyway. If you have stuff you don't know what to do with and want an honest outside opinion before you sell or dispose of it give me a call. Needless to say I am a starving artist and can't pay much for anything I buy but I can point you at least in the right direction if money is important. Otherwise I can help you make sure the junk ends up in appreciating hands. What might look like junk to you probably is but there are fools out there like me who love this type of stuff. Don't let you or your Dad's old unwanted junk tools go to the landfill !!!
If you are thinking of selling junk but don't know much about it I can assure you that what you think is pure junk is likely worth more than the stuff you think is worth something. Give me a call if you want another two bit, uneducated opinion on what to do. Or if you do have an old junky workshop that you would not mind some artist looking around in and taking photos for my next book then give me a call.
Here is one of my copper on steel pieces. This one is titled "Seven Rings" Actually the base is separate from the piece. I have done a few of these pieces and finally got some pics of them. 48 x 36 x 2"
1955 Beaver 15" Band Saw
Here is a shot of my latest gem. A genuine mid fifties 14" Beaver Band Saw! For it's age this one has been kept in pristine condition. A big thanks to Alan for this one. His dad originally bought it around 1955 or so. He got it after his dad was no longer using it and now I picked it up. Luckily for me Alan was reasonable with the price and let me hauler away for my counter offer. After a little clean-up I dug out the band-aids and tried it out. I am not much of a woodworker but sure seems to cut nice to me. In fact I am thinking of keeping it over by the fridge for cutting bread with!! Not sure Marta would go along with that though after all it is kind of noisy. A little wood dust on the white bread might even give it a little nutrition... or at least fiber anyway. The cool thing about this one is it has the original cast iron base legs with the beaver emblem embossed in them.
Learn a New Language
Hey have you ever wanted to learn a second language? Of course you do, almost everyone does according to surveys made by places who sell expensive language courses! If so check out www.duolingo.com It is a fast easy and FREE way to learn. I have always wanted to learn Spanish but could never afford those expensive and tediously boring language courses. After only one year of using duolingo I knew how to say "Hello", "Goodbye" and "That"s not my bag" Now I am ready to go to Mexico and can't wait!!
Seriously though if you want to learn a second language this is it. It does not cost you one penny. You can work from the discomfort of your own home on your own crappy computer. You never have to worry about people laughing at your stupidity. You can practice when you want. After only one year of studying a half hour or so every day I know over five hundred words. Hell I failed Inglish 10 three times so if I can do it anyone can!!!
Yo hablo espanol !
Here is another classic find we just picked up. I was looking for something to sleep on when I am working in my welding area and bumped into this one. It's actually a very odd chair. After getting it home and taking a close look the attention to detail is amazing. All the welds were polished before the plating went on. The chrome is definitely not the accountant approved "tissue plate" they normally do these days. You can tell by the "wet" feel real chrome plating has. This chair not only reclines to almost horizontal it also folds up for easy storage!! It is also very comfortable. I don't have any clue as to how old it is but either way it is a real gem. Not sure I want to use it in my welding area now. Goes nice with the rest of our junk though so it is definitely a keeper. If you have any ideas as to who and when this was made would love to hear them.
The lord may givith but it's the landfill that
Now that I finally have a suggestion box
I am always open to new ideas etc.
I fished this one out of a dumpster out behind the Telus building. It had been overheated too many times so the safety kick-out switch was stuck. Once I fixed that it worked like new.
You know I sometimes forget how sweet it is having a robotic cnc plasma table in my studio. Even though I almost never use it for my art it is still one sweet machine. This is a close up of a piece of ten gauge hot rolled plate right off the machine prior to clean-up!!! They take a little figuring to get working just right every time but once you do... I cut a lot of brackets mounts and plates around my studio which is not only fun but sure cuts out the hard labor. Sure they cost a lot of beer but are a hell of a lot more fun that heading off to the washroom all the time!! : ) There are a lot of different brands out there but I am sold on ...
Vintage Card File Cabinets
Here is some more junk I picked up so that I can store more smaller junk I will be picking up soon. Just like I have always said it takes junk to store junk. Picked these beauties up at The Found & The Freed on the corner of Powell and Victoria Drive in the old Hamilton Building. I have been looking for more of these for awhile now and finally was able to con them out of these three. Yes more vintage classics that will soon be full of other useless vintage stuff I think I have to have but don't really need but too stupid to realize it.
Here is a shot of a tricky little weld I recently did for a friend of mine. I welded a small nut to the head of a machine screw. Luckily I only had to do it once which surprised the hell out of me. This is one of the reasons I am such a fan of tig welding over mig. There is so much more versatility with tig. Mind you it is not the end all be all but if you are on a budget and can't buy both then I would take a tig any day. Just my two bits....
1947 Delta Milwaukee 24" Scroll Saw
Well just when I decide to not buy any more vintage tools along comes another must have. This one is a 1947ish Delta Milwaukee. They kept this same design for years it appears but the older ones have a few differences. This one is incredible to hear running. Sounds almost like a sewing machine. The seller was a decent guy with an interesting life story. Trouble is he was asking a fair price.... fair is always over my budget... life of an artist... So I head faked him with the "This money was supposed to pay for my grandmothers face lift to help spark her modeling career" story. Well that didn't budge him an inch. I tried the "well here goes next months food money" story. Still no luck. So then I switched my strategy and just grabbed it for his asking price. Hell I could always deal with Marta later. Well he took the cash I took the tool and we both were happy. Because it had the original hard to find light and the original stand and also the belt guard I was sold. It has a couple of little uglies but nothing serious so far anyway. Cuts like a dream. Oh and this is a one hundred percent "plastic free" tool.
Rare Vintage Can of Car Wax
Here was another strange score. I vintage tin of car wax! Check out the 1959 Finmobile on the can! They don't make cars like that any more... thank God!! Can you imagine parking pigs like that? Anyway this wax works very well still. Used it on some of my vintage tools. My guess is it contains the exact same ingredients that all the new waxes have. Accountants love tricks like that... just change the label and marketing and call it something NEW!!!
Hey.... you like magnets?
If so you'll love this one!!
A 47 pounder!!!
I tell you I get some real cool deals from the crew on the mothership. This was the latest score. It is a 49 pound kind of horse shoe shaped magnet with a lot of power. In fact here it is above shown with over fifty pounds of steel balls stuck to it. You can throw a hammer at this thing and it will suck it out of the air!! It is incredible!! I actually needed this for my time machine for the longest time but now came up with a better idea. Thus I will be making this into a sculpture.
Studio shot in my welding area
Seriously... is life weird or what???? Check this color scheme out. Who thought this up? WTF??? Photo thanks to Sweetie, wood carver, part time finger biter and thirty year traveling partner
!!! FREE STUFF !!!
NOW GETS EVEN EASIER
OK I am finally going to make the free stuff even easier!!! Yes it is true. I am going to start listing any new free stuff here at the very bottom of my home page. For a couple of reasons actually. The first to make it easier for me. The second is to give you a chance at a free bonus for actually making it all the way down to the bottom of this page!! Thus in the future I will list free stuff here. If you see something here listed for free... and can come by right away to pick it up then phone me and let me know. If you can't pick it up until tomorrow... then phone me tomorrow! If it is something I state I am willing to mail out then feel free to phone me anytime. After the free stuff is gone I will then move it over to the Free Stuff Taken page. Maybe for any "American Nosepicker" types out there that like to dig around a bit I might just lop the odd thing in the Free Stuff Taken page.
Oh and don't forget to read the Free Stuff Rules which are also on the Free Stuff Taken page!!!
Did you know that no man... or woman for that matter has ever gone into a hardware store wanting a drill bit.
What they really wanted was a hole
Just so you know folks...
Therapists Are A Waste of Good Money!
All twelve of mine say I am obsessive compulsive!
How crazy is that????
Every day for an artist is like a holiday for normal hard working people....
Every payday for normal hardworking people is like a holiday to artists....
Did you know that both, "a cup half full" or "a cup half empty" are impossibilities.
Every cup is always full.
The only thing that can happen is the mixture of ingredients inside the cup can vary.
If you can't take it with you...
Then why bother going?
Isn't it funny....
We all hate lawyers until our neighbor falls a tree on our house
Finally you made it... Thanks for stopping by!!!
Hey thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed your stay. If you are ever in town and want to wing by, feel free. We are almost always here.... day in ... and day out... and day in... An extra big thanks to all of you outside of Canada that have stopped by. Hopefully you did not take this site all that seriously. Stop by again soon!!
HARD WORK vs WORKING HARD
Hard work and working hard are two different things
Hard work is what you do at jobs you don’t like.
Working hard is what you do at jobs or careers you love.
Taking holidays while working at a career you hate is
more of a desperate need.
Taking holidays while working at a career you love is
more of an obligation with conformity than a necessity.
Most people confuse the two and wonder why after doing years of hard work they never got anywhere. That's is because hard work is usually done half heartedly. Not many people can do work they hate and still feel passionate, motivated and excited. If they could everyone would be happy. Thus people who work hard never make much progress.
Working hard on the other hand is often done with passion, motivation and excitement. Usually because we con only work hard at something if we really love it. This of course may not get you rich but almost always leads somewhere far more desirable than hard work ever will. Not to mention the journey is a lot more fun.
Now if you have been doing hard work you don't really need to get a new job in order to start working hard. It is all a mind frame. A mind frame that was long lost by most people these days. It actually started fading back in the mid fifties. You just have to forget about the destination while you are on the way there. more later.....
If the good die young then that leaves the rest of us
assholes here to try and figure out how to get along.
Being an artist does require a certain level of positivity in order to maintain sanity.
You know I don't hate much but I have always
hated people who hate people.
Ok... one more shot.... strange things lurk in this studio...
Or... for those of you that still own your own souls
God vs Google
Yes, the big question... is Google the next "God" on the block? No comment here but I did ask God the meaning of life the other day. No answer but all of a sudden a bird hit our window. I looked outside and sure enough it broke it's neck. I guess there was a message to interpret there...
I then tried googling "What is the meaning of life" and got 417 million answers. Not to shabby but just the same I guess there will be some interpreting to do there also.
That leaves the one and only almighty question of questions that dwarfs all other questions... "Is there an easier softer way"? feb/13/2015
Did you know that the government
sees "Privacy" as a violation of it's rights which
makes policing even harder and more expensive to the taxpayer
What if Reality Is Not Real?
Apparently scientists are having a hard time finding anything that is really solid. Supposedly, if you believe them, we are not really solid but made up of nothing but molecules floating around. Then of course molecules are not solid either as they are made up of atoms with lots of space between them. Then of course atoms are not solid either. They are made up of protons and neutrons with lots of space between them. Can't quite remember what protons and neutrons are made from. That is getting pretty small and still nothing really solid and mostly empty space. Crap like this warps your brain. It is like imagining the end of space. Once you do the brain wants to know what is on the other side of that end.
Whoa.... it smells like coffee time!!!
Every once in a very long time or so something comes along that rocks core of our belief systems.
Things like the world is round, women have souls and there's no "selling" in network marketing.
Apparently, according to the mother ship,there will be more of these new ideas coming along soon.
They said it will be one of the hardest ones ever for us.... the first one is the fact that reality is not real. According to the bs above it looks like this first one is here!!
This website serves a couple of purposes. The first is to document all the work I have done. Virtually all the work I have ever made is documented here. Some sold works are not photographed well but here just the same. The only exception is some of the early small key chains and candle holders. If you have a larger piece that you bought off me and don't see here let me know and I can authenticate it and post the picture here.
Due to the nature of this work each piece is like a thumb print. I could not duplicate one of my own pieces even if I tried. There are too many variables like how the metal warps or the way the bead of weld cools etc.
The second purpose is to show you my work. If you ever want to see any of this work in person we are almost always around the studio so feel free to wing on by.
TAKEN... by Ken Walter way down in Wilmette Illinois... June/27/2013 FREE!!! Money pocked sculpture. This is the same one documented on my small sculpture page except here it's free. Signed, dated and documented for your collecting pleasure. In fact I will even ship this to you anywhere in Canada or the US for free also. Hell of a deal, but hey if you made it down this far you deserve something for free!!! All you have to do is drop me an email and I will drop it in the mail box for you! June/21/2013
Strange Points to Ponder
Did you know that speed was a factor in every car accident that has ever happened in the history of cars? Strangely it is true... parked cars never crash.
Also have you ever wondered about this....
Fifty years ago the speed limit was 60 mph.
The cars back then did really poorly on straight stretches let alone on corners. Their handling abilities were somewhat horrible.
The roads were also hugely rougher than they are today. Most were single lane, very curvy and poorly designed.
The cars back then were also a disaster as far as safety. In fact they did not even come with safety belts until around the mid sixties.
Now today the roads are infinitely better as far as smoothness, safety and over all design. The cars are also hugely safer with air bags and every thing else designed around safety. The cars also have way more power and handle higher speed driving extremely better. Yet the speed limit has not changed one iota and in some cases has even gone down! Now for some reason this seems strange to me. Who decided the original speed limit of 60mph?
More Time Wasting Contemplations
Did you know that around five thousand pedestrians a year are killed by cars each year in the US. What does this mean? It is time to start giving cars the right away! Giving pedestrians the right away is absolutely stupid. Because pedestrians know they have the right away they will often walk out in front of cars without even looking. After all they are in the right but like someone once said "they are just as dead right as they are dead wrong" Sure the guys is supposed to stop but what if he just dropped his beer or cell phone and is reaching for it? What happens then? I will tell you what..... "THUMP.......... thuck..." soon followed by siren sounds and then, eventually, in the special cases a five gun salute.
Now if the cars had the right away instead it would make the pedestrian think and look before crossing the road! That is common sense and beats stepping out in front of a train, hoping it will stop in time. If it does fine and dandy.... if it doesn't you're deadski.
Pedestrians having the right away has
killed enough people already.
Time to change that law.... either that or eliminate cars or pedestrians all together.
If you keep killing time
for long enough
eventually time will kill you
Sunburn and The Cheapest Sunscreen of All
When I was a kid of about six or so I learned some very complicated science. That was the fact that if you stayed out in the sun too long you would get a sunburn and that hurt. Eventually I learned that if I took the sun in smaller doses that eventually my body would get a tan and I could handle more sun. Thus by the time the hot summer sun got there it was no problem.
These days though it is different. We all hide out in our caves in front of our computers and then when our holidays get here we want to rush out and spend two solid weeks suntanning..... no can do without burning until some snake oil shuckster crawls out from under a rock pushing sunscreen. Two or three years later everyone has skin cancer!! What a coincidence.... I read online that the increase of skin cancer directly relates to the increase of sunscreen consumption. You do the math but if you are still not convinced do some real research yourself as the nightly news will never tell you anything that could cost their advertisers lost sales.
FREE!!!!! SOLD.... on craigslist because the person never saw it here.... Genuine Picobac tobacco tin in pretty dam good shape. You see a lot of the other brands kicking around but not many of these. For the price it is a no brainer. If I had more time and was a lot more generous I would save it for you or even ship it to you. But as I always say space and time are the final frontiers!! If you want it you have to come and get it. Just the same if you are in the hood though feel free to phone me up and grab this gem! Aug/30/2014
In life you should always follow your gut thus always remember.
You can be pretty sure it is your gut talking if...
The idea excites you...
and it is the stupidest idea ever!!!!
Here is a shot my sister took of the 1951 Harley I restored. Shovel top end, andrews cam, super B, 4spd, foot clutch, hand shift. 80 mph all day long. Nothing can match the mind altering rhythm of a Harley at 70 mph to wash away the blues... Like a fool I let her go. I still miss her. Of course we all have that special love that got away.... Last I heard she was in Holland!
By the way check out my sisters site:
She takes some pretty cool shots.
Don't forget.... the game is over
once the rut you are in
hits six feet deep!!!
Steel sculpture is what flamingsteel is all about. Expensive equipment, time, learning, experimentation and effort go into making exotic, mysterious, magical and decadent bits of strange, attention demanding art. Fortunately I have had the luxury of being able to spend years dragging these works from the depths of my imagination into reality. Common sense and a better education would have likely led me elsewhere. Luckily though I missed those two points in life. Which of course is what allowed me to pursue what inspires me the most.
Now because of this I almost never do commissions, mostly because I just don't have the talent to work outside the influence of of my own inspiration. Had I more actual talent I would the be perfect for visual hacking anyone else's inspirations into reality also. It took me awhile to finally realize and accept this. Thus I now only work for inspiration. The pay fluctuates wildly but the lifestyle is delicious.
Now those that actually do buy my work are often those who make their own decisions in life. As you can tell this work is not that common. Especially when you look into the details. Thus getting approval to purchase it from someone else is not likely, especially for the prices I am asking. You have to feel the work and then decide if it resonates with you and your originality. If it does, then in order to acquire it you will have to likely act on your decision alone. If you do then you will have bought into this collection documented here.
I should note that this website shows all the work that I have done in the last thirty years. It also serves to authenticate all the work I have done. If it is not posted here then there is very good chance that I never did the work. This of course excludes some of my earlier, smaller and duplicated works like star key chains and the very first flaming candle holders.